Maya Bay Monte-Carlo – The Best of Thai and Japanese Cuisine


If you like tasty Oriental food served in exotic surroundings then you’re sure to love Maya Bay Monte-Carlo. This luxurious eatery has two restaurants, one specialized in Thai cuisine and the other in Japanese food. Located on upmarket Avenue Princesse Grace, a largely residential area of Monaco, it’s a great place to take someone that you want to impress.

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The decor wowed us from the moment we stepped inside. Rich hues of red and black with low lighting set the scene, transporting us far away.

Maya Bay dinner
We were warmly greeted and taken through to the Thai restaurant with its comfortable banquette seating.

Maya Bay luxury columnist
The knowledgeable sommelier recommended a wine that would not overpower our food, Le Bel Ouvrage Savennières Damien Laureau 2011. As you can see, it’s a rather handsome bottle and the contents lived up to the presentation. Damien is experimenting with harvesting just when the grapes turn yellow, rather than when green as is traditional with the Savennières region of the Loire valley. The result is a great balance of acidity, length and richness.

Le Bel Ouvrage vin
Maya Bay itself has won quite a few accolades including the coveted Trip Advisor 2015 certificate of excellence. Heading up the kitchen is Christophe Dupuy, a talented young French chef who has successfully combined contemporary and traditional Asian cuisine here. The team assisting him are all from Thailand. We started our meal with some fantastic appetizers . Po pia pack or large vegetable Spring rolls were filled with a fragrant julienne of vegetables, whilst gai tod was a succulent fried chicken, coated in a flavourful marinade of lemon, kaffir leaves and coriander seeds.

Maya Bay starter
Yet there were more starters to enjoy, including tom yam kung, a spicy shrimp soup. Infused with lemongrass, this is probably the most popular soup in Thailand. Fresh corn and galangal give it a unique spicy taste. Roti bread is something that you might associate more with India than Thailand and is an unleavened bread that is cooked in a frying pan then baked. It makes a great accompaniment to all the Thai dishes. One of our favourite starters was the mixed dim sum, a wonderful selection of scallop, prawns, smoked clam and seafood dumplings.

Maya Bay Thai food
Next up was an unusual bream salad or yam pla, whose delicate flavour was enhanced by the addition of fresh mint and broccoli.

Maya Bay Thai food
The homard sauce prik prao was a true highlight – the exquisite lobster was complemented by green beans, peppers and mushrooms, all cooked to perfection.

Maya Bay prawns
We also devoured a moreish nua pack o lapa – sautéed beef with Thai basil. Only the best Charolais beef is used and it’s marinated before being grilled, so is extremely tender. The Thai basil gives it a particularly lively taste and onion adds texture.

Maya Bay beef
Desserts at Maya Bay are just as good, and their pâtisserie chef has successfully blended Asian and European influences. Soufflé au Grand Marnier is a personal favourite and I always pick it when I see it on a menu. Here it was wonderfully light and the orange flavour of the Grand Marnier came through really well. The most spectacular dish was probably the flambéed Maya sphere. The blend of dark chocolate casing with a coconut ice cream centre, crispy praline and roasted pineapple chunks couldn’t be bettered…until the maître d’ proceeded to flambé it in coconut flavoured vodka!

Maya Bay desserts
We had such a relaxing evening at Maya Bay and the resident DJ’s mellow tunes certainly added to the vibe.

Maya Bay DJ
Whilst the proliferation of buddhas left us feeling very zen. We visited in December, but there’s an exotic garden that I’d certainly love to see, inspired by Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand and designed by Sylvestre Murigneux. Definitely a good reason to return! Maya Bay is a great choice for lunch or dinner when you’re visiting Monaco’s many attractions. I’d definitely return to try their Japanese restaurant!

Are you a fan of Thai cuisine?

Maya Bay Monte-Carlo, 24 Av. Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco

Our dinner was complimentary for the purposes of this review

Maya Bay Monte-Carlo restaurant

  • Ahh food looks delicious!!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    Wow the souffle looks epic, what a show-stopper!

    SilverSpoon London

  • OMG how incredible do you look in that red dress, Suze!! The food looks amazing as well. But that dress!

  • Thai-Japanese cuisine, whoddathunkit? Colour me intrigued! x

    Jasiminne: Posh, Broke, & Bored

    • Well it’s Thai in one section and Japanese in another part, I’d definitely like to try the Japanese side next!

  • I am seriously always jealous of your food 😛 That souffle looks sooo good!

    Rachel xx
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  • Catherine Lux

    The food looks delish, and you look gorgeous in that red dress Suze!! Must catch up soon for drinks or something, it’s been too long!

    C x | Lux Life

  • All of the food you ordered looks so delicious! And you look amazing in that red dress!

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  • Paola

    Such a lovely couple and delicious food!!!
    I’m hat-addictc, I own them all!!!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  • Yes, I like Thai cuisine. Seeing this really really makes me want to go back to Monaco!!! The setting looks top and so does the food.

    PS: I will be in London in March with a blogger friend. Would be great if we could meet for a coffee / drink?

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    • Hi Anouk, definitely up for meeting for coffee or a drink in March, let’s get in touch via Twitter DM or email

  • Beauty Follower

    You both look absolutely gorgeous!

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  • The decor of this place is incredible, especially the patterned ceiling! You look gorgeous in this red dress, Suze 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • Thai cuisine is one of my favourite, it is so tasty! Flambeed maya sphere looks amazing, a great way of serving a dessert!

    Ela BellaWorld

  • From the decor to the dishes, it sounds outstanding! Your description of all the plates from lobster to dim sum had my mouthwatering. P.S. I did not buy the dress in my Vienna shopping post but found many other cool pieces. Thanks for asking!

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  • I’m a fan of Thai cuisine! Very refreshing but filling at the same time. I love the interiors of the restaurant, indeed a great place to take someone you want to impress!

  • Yummy these dishes look so good
    xo
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  • Meron Dymphana

    I absolutely love the interior decor of the restaurant, it is beautiful and has the Thai feel in it. The food is well presented and it looks very delicious. You are very beautiful on that photo. Next time I go to Thailand I will be sure to visit them!
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    • They really went to town on the decor. Thanks very much for the compliment, the low lighting certainly helped!

  • jaklien

    Wohoaaa that chocolate bomb like dessert looks amazing. That alone would be worth checking this place out. 🙂

  • The chocolate dessert looks incredible!! I have only ever seen the outside of this place, will have to check it out next time I am in Monaco!

    Ash | Liakada

  • aaah, when I first saw this, I was really hoping you were going to tell me it was in London but then I saw Monaco! The food sounds amazing and I love East Asian and SE Asian food – will have to taste it vicariously through your post 🙂

  • That chocolate bomb looks divine with a coconut cream centre. Yum! And I really like your red dress, it looks lovely on you Suze x L

    • Oh thank you Laurie! Luckily there’s space to move in that dress, I was feeling full after all that lovely food 😉

  • I love Thai but I request to lessen the spice level all the time. 🙂
    I love that blue flame in the photo too.

  • Ellie Adams

    Oh wow, this sounds incredible. I absolutely love thai food but the chocolate bomb looks divine!

    Elle
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    xx

  • Love Monte Carlo and love the look of this place! Especially the chocolate bomb!

  • rae

    WOW! This food all looks incredible! I am such a fan of thai and japanese food so I am pretty sure I would love this place too! How cool that this little place is in Monaco. Never been but if I ever go, I will be sure to pop by and have dinner here!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  • Lucy

    What a yummy selection, desserts are often a let down in Asian restaurants from experience but this could be the exception the food looks wonderful Lucy x

  • Incredible photographs Suze! I love Thai and Japanese food, such inventive dishes with unique and moorish flavours.

    The Grand Marnier dessert sounds delicious! I always opt for a Grand Marnier to go alongside my dessert as it always compliments sweet flavours (especially a chocolate based pudding) so nicely.

    A mouthwatering read!

    You look lovely here also in your red outfit!

    Laura http://www.shehearts.net xx

  • Caliope Couture

    Sounds and looks fantastic! Thanks for the tip 🙂 Will have to remember this. Have a great weekend!

    Christina ♥ https://caliope-couture.com